Ruben Verwaal (Vreeland, 1986) studied History, World Religions and Astrophysics at University College, Utrecht (2004), and Historical and Comparative Studies of the Sciences and the Humanities at Utrecht University (2010).
He graduated on a thesis on the reception and dissemination of Chinese and Japanese medicine in the early modern Dutch Republic, titled ‘Hippocrates Meets the Yellow Emperor’.
In 2006 he spent a semester at National University Singapore, specialising in Asian history. During his Masters he also studied at Xiamen University, China, to specialise in the history of Chinese philosophy and medicine. After his graduation he worked as librarian in the Dutch Railway Museum. For three years he also taught History and Philosophy of the Humanities to BA-students, for which he received a nomination for the Alias Teacher of the Year Award in 2013.
In 2013, Ruben started his PhD research on the history of ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’ in the eighteenth century. During his PhD, he was an assistant book review editor for Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society in Utrecht (2014), was a visiting PhD student at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge (2015). In addition, he held the Van de Sande fellowship at the Scaliger Institute, Leiden University (2016), the Herzog-Ernst fellowship at the Forschungsbibliothek Gotha, Erfurt University (2017), and the Santorio fellowship for Medical Humanities and Science at the Centre for the Study of Medicine and the Body in the Renaissance, Pisa (2017). Together with the Histories of Healthy Ageing team, he co-organised the Gelukkig Gezond! exhibition in the University Museum, Groningen (June 2017–July 2018).
He is currently curator of postal history at COMM Museum for Communication, The Hague, and curator of medical heritage at the Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam.